City Promotes Deputy Clerk to Head Job

Friday, April 18 2014

Longtime Unalaska city clerk Elizabeth Masoni is stepping down next month, and on Friday, the city announced a replacement. Deputy clerk Catherine “Cat” Hazen will move up to the head position when Masoni retires in May.

According to a press release, Hazen has worked for the city since 1999 -- first in finance, then as deputy clerk starting in 2010. She got her municipal clerk certification last year.

Drug Discovery at School Leads to Four Arrests

Thursday, April 17 2014

Police started investigating at the local high school on Monday. Within days, they had arrested four people -- including two students. Deputy police chief Mike Holman says that's extremely rare in Unalaska. 

State to Take Tusty Replacement Plan on Tour

Wednesday, April 16 2014

The M/V Tustumena (Courtesy: Nancy Heise)

With the state ferry Tustumena nearing the end of its life, the Department of Transportation is looking to build a bigger boat -- and they want communities on the ferry's route to weigh in on the design.

The DOT announced Wednesday that they'll hold public meetings on the Tustumena replacement next month in Unalaska, Kodiak and Homer.

The state expects to replace the Tustumena with the new, longer boat in the next few years. The proposed 325-foot vessel would carry more vehicles and passengers and would be designed for a smoother ride.

City Hires New DPW Director

Monday, April 14 2014

The city has hired a new director of public works after a six-month search.

Tom Cohenour will step into the position in the next few weeks. Most recently, he directed the department of public works in South St. Paul, Minn. But he’s worked in Alaska before, as DPW director in Cordova and Palmer.

City human resources director Kelly Stiles says that experience will be an asset in Unalaska.

No Sudden Changes for Fuelers After Union Vote

Friday, April 11 2014

(Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

After two months of protests, Delta Western fuel workers in Unalaska have voted to unionize. But it could be the first step in a much longer process.

The Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific got majority support among 15 eligible workers in an election on Thursday night. a slim majority in an election on Thursday night -eight of 15 employees who voted. A lawyer from the National Labor Relations Board oversaw the election and tallied the ballots. 

UPDATE: Delta Western Workers Approve Union Membership

Thursday, April 10 2014

Laborers, union reps and fuel executives gathered at the Grand Aleutian Hotel to hear the results. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

Update, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Delta Western fuel workers in Unalaska have voted in favor of unionizing.

The Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific got the support of a slim majority -- eight of 15 eligible employees. 

David Schaff of the National Labor Relations Board ran the election and tallied the votes. Schaff said there were some challenged ballots. But according to NLRB rules, there's no need to examine challenged ballots after a majority vote.

Fire Breaks Out at Fuel Warehouse

Wednesday, April 09 2014

Courtesy of Abner Hoage

Emergency responders were called to Captains Bay road today to put out a fire inside North Pacific Fuel's warehouse.

Fire chief Abner Hoage says warehouse employees accidentally started the blaze.

"They were doing electrical work and some of the beams caught on fire," Hoage says. "The employees quickly isolated the power and called us, so they did a great job."

Two fire engines and about a dozen public safety personnel responded to the scene. Hoage says the fire was still burning when they entered the warehouse, but firefighters kept the flames contained and put them out quickly.

Council Weighs Capital, Community Investments

Wednesday, April 09 2014

City councilors got a look at the next five years of major spending at an early meeting last night.

City manager Chris Hladick walked the council through a draft of the new Capital and Major Maintenance Plan, or CMMP. It lays out extensive upgrades to the city’s water storage facilities and big equipment purchases through fiscal year 2019.

On top of that, city councilors heard pitches from the Department of Parks, Culture and Recreation. The department's considering major renovations at the aquatics center and the library.

Council to Consider Five-Year Capital Funding Plan

Tuesday, April 08 2014

City council will meet early tonight to take a look at Unalaska’s roadmap for major capital projects.

The city updates its Capital and Major Maintenance Plan, or CMMP, every year as part of the budgeting process. According to a new draft, Unalaska can expect 23 big projects and upgrades worth $85 million between now and fiscal year 2019.

The Unalaska Marine Center dock and the Bobby Storrs Small Boat Harbor are both scheduled for extensive renovations in the next few years. The city is also planning to wrap up a major overhaul of its public utilities.

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